Let me step away from the violence in Baltimore for a moment and talk a little baseball. I want to comment on Josh Hamilton’s return to the Texas Rangers.
This deal came to the light over the weekend and it was made official today. The Angels dealt Hamilton back to Texas in the third year of a five year, $125 million contract. After winning the AL MVP with the Rangers in 2012, Hamilton had two lacklustre seasons in Anaheim and then during the off-season had an alcohol and cocaine relapse which he disclosed.
Texas fans booed Hamilton lustily when he signed the free agent with the Angels. I believe all of that will now be forgotten. Hamilton had off-season shoulder surgery and is not expected to play until late next month. Although I don’t believe the Rangers will get the Hamilton of 2008 through 2012, I think the Angels will rue trading him. It is very unusual to trade someone within the division. Hamilton is a man with something to prove and the result could be a lot of Rangers wins over the Angels this season. In which case, the Rangers have a chance to party like it’s 2010 and 2011.